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No-fault divorces may be allowing for larger alimony payments

In 2010, the state of New York adopted the no-faultĀ  divorce law in attempts to avoid assigning blame in divorce cases. Many were very excited with the passing of the new law, but one year later, a few concerning outcomes are starting to be seen.

One of them is the the law of temporary alimony and the strict guidelines that judges have to set this. The temporary alimony was meant to protect those who did not have as much money, but in some cases, it is completely shifting the financial situation of the couple.

“It really impacts the payer spouse in a way that sometimes is draconian,” said Sondra Miller, a retired judge who led a state commission between 2004 and 2006 to evaluate New York’s divorce laws and currently mediates divorces. “It’s not a well-thought-out piece of legislation.”

Those in favor of this law have admitted that there are some issues with is and are attempting to correct them. The formula used to assign alimony applies to those who make up to $524,000 a year and was meant to make sure that people who could not afford(mainly women) were still treated fairly in the courtroom.

If you or a loved one is considering divorce, you need representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq, by calling (732) 898-2378 and speaking to a legal professional.